GWI sponsors a number of clinical research projects establishing the scientific basis for therapeutic massage as an independent treatment modality.

GWI expands knowledge and recognition of therapeutic massage as a valid treatment modality beyond its known uses for relaxation and stress reduction. This research project involves scientific studies conducted by medical experts in the field, and involve labs and facilities of leading medical research organizations in the Western United States.

Such research is intended to further diagnostic and therapeutic knowledge of medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and the general public in preventing and treating the above mentioned pathologies with massage therapy and to allow greater understanding of and expanded use of therapeutic massage as a bonafide medical treatment.

The Global Wellness Institute’s current primary goal is the treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), an urgent medical and social problem that in recent years has reached epidemic proportions. It is estimated that 10 million Americans, mostly women, suffer from varying degrees of FMS symptoms. The modern medicine still does not know the cause of FMS; patients are confused with controversial recommendations, and there is no common agreement on the best treatment options. The Institute seeks to improve the quality of life and to ultimately find a cure for those suffering from this devastating disease. The first phase in this process will be conducting a double blind clinical study on FMS.

Based on the results of our pilot study and our clinical experience, we have formulated four objectives for this study:

1. Elimination of the condition of the hyperirritability of the peripheral receptors to control the pain-analyzing system of the patients with FMS.
2. Restoration of the elasticity of the soft tissues in the affected areas.
3. Elimination of the hypertonic muscular abnormalities and restoration of the normal resting muscular tone.
4. Restoration of the proper circulation in the affected areas to support ATP production.